I let my SAMS club subscription expire last month. I got ticked off that it was the only place I pay a membership to shop and had the worst lines. I have been doing much "bulk" shopping on Amazon via Amazon Subscription services and I thought I could get everything cost-friendly that way. It saves time shopping, saves gas, and product costs less than brick and mortar (B&M) stores.
After some easy math, I decided to renew my SAMS Club membership. Mainly, for one item and one feature: Baby wipes. The baby wipes they sell there are about $7 less than everywhere else. We use about a box a month, so that puts us around $84 in savings covering the cost of the membership. Did you notice I said I renewed for "one feature" too? Free shipping.
I had never really expected SAMS Club to have a good online shopping experience. Let me rephrase that; A beneficial online shopping experience. I shouldn't say "good" because the website is clunky and unintuitive... Maybe that's why I never noticed its benefits. Besides free shipping there's also a "Click'n'Pull" service where they get your products ready in a cart waiting for you. This is good for items without free shipping or that can't be shipped like milk. Now you can forget about running around the huge store and just skip right to the huge line.
In case your curious, I did speak with customer service who gave me assurance that cold products are kept in a separate cart in a refrigerator until you get there. Now the only problem is I'm going to be doing less walking for grocery shopping.